Baton Rouge area teams didn’t get off to a strong start at the Lady Cubs Holiday Classic at University High.
Local teams went 2-3 in Thursday’s opening round, with one of the wins coming at the expense of another local squad.
Madison Prep and U-High lost in the late games.
WOSSMAN 59, UNIVERSITY 53: The U-High offense went cold at just about the worst possible time and because of that, the Cubs (8-7) lost to Wossman in the first round of their own tournament.
With the game tied at the start of the fourth quarter, the Cubs went almost six minutes without scoring a basket, putting them too deep a hole.
U-High made a small run at the end but Wossman (6-8) hitting its free throws down the stretch.
“They didn’t change anything,” U-High coach Bonita Johnson said. “We handled the press beautifully in the first half. Basically, we just ran out of gas. I think that was the determining factor in this game. We have a couple girls injured for this game and that showed.”
For U-High, Alyssa Fisher and Kennedy Paul tied for the team lead with 19 points each while the Cubs shot 22 of 52 from the field.
For Wossman, almost the entirety of its offense came from Curtessia Dean who lit up the second half with 17 points on a near perfect 6-of-8 clip from the field. She finished the game with 31 total points.
HOLDEN 62, MADISON PREP 52: Thursday night’s loss for Madison Prep (7-5) wasn’t as much about what Holden (16-0) did to win as it was the No. 1 team in Class B taking full advantage of the Chargers’ mistakes time and time again.
Officials called 23 personal fouls against Madison Prep, and Holden hit 18 of 29 free throws.
By the end of the game, five of Madison Prep’s eight players had three or more personal fouls.
“It was more of us missing too many assignments,” Madison Prep coach Dwayne Hayes said. “And by missing assignments there was confusion going on with the assignments and it led to them making easy baskets.”
Holden’s Jaycee Hughes was the primary benefactor of the Chargers’ streak of fouls, scoring eight of her game-high 31 points from the free-throw line.
Destiny Ellis led Madison Prep with 14 points.
As a team, the Chargers shot 17 of 62 from the field.
In other action:
Glen Oaks defeated Dutchtown 59-52.
Lee defeated Fontainebleau 53-37.